Post-rape services and their funding

A review of the national Department of Social Development’s budgets between2009/10 and 2013/14.

What is the national Department of Social Development’s (DSD) budget for post rape services? This question is explored by examining national DSD budgets and strategic plans covering the period 2009/10 to 2013/14 for the Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) – government’s central initiative addressing the needs of victims of sexual offences, as well as crime more generally. While funding for the VEP is also available through the provincial offices of DSD, the Criminal Asset Recovery Fund and bilateral aid, this brief concentrates on the national DSD which is largely responsible for setting policy priorities in this area (although it may also implement selected projects).

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